Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Maddon On Thayer
Posted Aug 9, 2007 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Aug 9, 2007 at 02:47 PM
DETROIT—Joe Maddon talked before the game about Dale Thayer, who was promoted from Montgomery to Durham yesterday after going 9-0 with a 2.26 ERA and 21 saves as the Biscuits’ closer. Don’t think I’ll be able to get it in my notebook for tomorrow’s Tribune, so here’s what Maddon had to say:
“All I know is he puts up great numbers. He pitched that one inning for us in spring training [against the Mets on March 31] and I liked his aggressiveness. His fastball was like a 92-93 mile an hour fastball, it looked like he pitched up in the zone a little bit. I’m not really sure about his breaking stuff, exactly what that’s all about, but I saw an aggressive guy. You look at his numbers in Double-A the last two years and they’re crazy good. I’m happy for him, I’m happy that he’s getting that opportunity. He’s the kind of guy that sometimes slips through the cracks for whatever reason.
“Being 27, 28 as a relief pitcher coming to the majors for the first time is not a bad thing. It may work out well for him and us. He’s definitely put in his time learning how to be a relief pitcher. And from what I understand, he doesn’t gripe and complain – he just goes out there and does his job.
“I’m going to be following what he’s doing, I really am, because what he’s done to this point is definitely showing a track record of success. He’s a lot like Andy Sonnanstine. A track record of success matters, it definitely matters.”